Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik Guide India to a win




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India tops the points table in this Nidahas Trophy, with this win over Sri Lanka yesterday, India top the points table with 4 points.

Sri Lanka is placed second with 2 points and Bangladesh is the last team with just 1 point.

Before this crucial of this Tri series, Sri Lanka gets a huge blow, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal was banned for this match due to maintaining a slow run rate in their lost game against Bangladesh.

Thisara Perera was named the new captain of the hosts.

Sri Lanka went with just 1 change in their squad. Suranga Lakmal was drop back and India also went just 1 change, Rishab Pant was dropped and KL Rahul was back in the side.

India won their second toss in the Nidahas Trophy, they invited Sri Lanka to bat first.

The Sri Lankan openers showed good form against Bangladesh but against India they failed to continue that.

Guntahlika and Kusal Mendis opened the innings for Sri Lanka and for India Jaydev Unadkat opened the bowling with a slip in place.

The Lankan innings started off on the bright note, KL Rahul’s over throws deflects Kusal Mendis and goes to the boundary. Sri Lanka gets 5 bonus runs on the 1st ball of the match.

The openers looked in good touch, they were looking to continue where they left it against Bangladesh.

Kusal Mendis was the one who took on the Indian bowlers with some outrageous shots and Gunathalika was supporting him well with quicks singles and twos.

Jaydev Unadkat was under full pressure, he gave away 15 runs from his 1st over.

That forced Rohit Sharma to bring Washington Sundar. He had a decent over but he couldn’t give the breakthrough that India was looking for.

After Unadkat was expensive, Shardul Thakur was introduced to the attack and he didn’t disappoint his captain.

Thakur picks up Gunathalika quickly, short delivery bowled by Thakur and Gunthalika pulled it hard and flat, he didn’t bother to keep that down. He hit it straight to Suresh Raina at mid wicket, Raina’s stunning catch allows Gunathalika to make a long back to the pavilion for 17 runs.

Man in form Kusals Perera was the number 3 batsman for Sri Lanka. Both the Kusal again wanted to repeat the heroics like the last match.

But Kusal Perera couldn’t do much in this match; he was out cheaply for just 3 runs. Kusal Perera was too ambitious; he went for the reverse sweep but the ball rafted back on the stumps. Kusal Perera was clean bowled by Washington Sundar.

Losing Kusal Perera early was a huge blow to Sri Lanka, they needed some experience in the middle.

Upul Tharanga was the one who could play well in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal.

Kusal Mendis was going well at the other, he continued his good form.

Tharanga and Kusal Mendis stretched a much needed partnership for the hosts, they rebuild the innings with a 62 runs stand.

This partnership allowed the Lankans to stay in the game.

But this partnership didn’t go the long as the Lankans would have liked. Vijay Shankar clean bowled Upul Tharanga for 22 runs.

Tharanga tried to hit the cross seam delivery with an arial purpose but there was no connection; it went through the bat and pad and went on to hit the stumps.

Thisara Perera, the skipper was out in the middle.  Skipper Perera wanted to take on the Indian bowlers.

Thisara was very clear about his intentions; he hit 2 flat sixes of Vijay Shankar.

Kusal Mendis has batted well again; he scored his second fifty in this Nidahas Trophy.

Thisara Perera always does this, Sri Lanka needed him to stay till the end but the skipper chooses to get out early.

Skipper Perera just gets carried away; he plays a lofted short on the fuller length ball from Thakur. Perera gets deceived by the pace, unfortunately, he gets the toe end of the bat goes towards the extra cover region, Chahal takes a good running catch. Perera was out for 15 runs.

Kusal Mendis was still there, but he had no support to guide the innings through.

Jeevan Mendis also came and went, he scored just 1 run.

Jeevan inside edges the ball as he was trying to play the drive. Washington Sundar bowled Jeevan Mendis cheaply.

India did well to take the crucial wickets at regular intervals.

Kusal Mendis was still there but with no support at all.

At last Kusal Mendis’s innings ended. It was a soft dismissal, Kusal Mendis played the half hearted cut short that goes in the air and skipper Rohit Sharma makes no mistake. Chahal gets a big fish for India. Kusal Mendis played well for his 55 runs.

Dasun Shanaka and Akila Dananjaya batted for a decent amount of time. Akila Dananjaya was also dropped when Thakur was bowling.

But that didn’t hurt India again, just like the previous match against Bangladesh.

Akila Dananjaya didn’t use of the drop chancea, he went to take on Unadkat this time and gave a simple catch to KL Rahul. Dananjaya scored only 5 runs.

Suranga Lakmal came in after Dananjaya was out.

Dasun Shanaka played an attacking innings. But he couldn’t stay till the end. His innings was ended when he tried to play a lofted short down the ground. But the ball arrives late and Dinesh Karthik takes a simple catch behind the stumps. Shanaka was out for 19 runs.

Chameera was also out the next ball, Thakur picks two in that over. Chameera tried to go big in the last few overs but he skied off towards the short third man. Unadkat takes a good running catch, Chameera was out for 0.

Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal ended the Lankan innings on 152 for the loss of 9 wickets.

Sri Lanka started off well but they couldn’t end the innings well.

India bowled well; they picked up wickets at regular intervals.

Shardul Thakur was the star with the ball he picked up 4 wickets to his name.

Washington Sundar picked up 2 wickets with Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal and Vijay Shankar picked up 1 wicket each to their name.

Chasing the modest target of 153, India again didn’t start off well.

After playing well in the first over, Rohit intentionally comes down the track to Dananjaya. Rohit tried to play the flick but miss times it and Kusal Mendis takes a dolly catch. Rohit was out for 11 runs.

KL Rahul comes to bat at the number 3 position with Dhawan.

Rahul and Dhawan bat with ones and twos. But India gets a huge blow in the third over.

Man in form  Shikhar Dhawan was out early in this match. Gabbar shimmies down the track but he gets nowhere near the pitch of the ball and he opts to flick it to mid wicket in an unorthodox way, unfortunately for Dhawan, he didn’t get the desired timing on it. He chips it to Thisara Perera who was there at mid on. Dhawan was out for just 8 runs.

Suresh Raina was the next batsman for India.

Raina and Rahul batted well for a period of time, they looked to rebuild the innings with a partnership of 42 runs.

Raina again got the start but he didn’t chose that to convert it into a big score.

He was out in the 20s again, he went to play the missed time flat batted slap, that went straight to Thisara Perera. Raina was out for 27 runs.

KL Rahul didn’t use his opportunity, he was also out soon after Raina.

Rahul played decently with Manish Pandey for a while.

But he was unfortunate to be dismissed Hit wicket; he became the first Indian player to be dismissed in such a way.

Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey played well to see India over the line.

Their cameos were the reason behind India’s win.

DK was unbeaten on 39 runs and Manish Pandey was not out on 42 runs. These two shared an unbeaten stand of 68 runs which brought India a win.

India won the match by 6 wickets.

Sri Lanka needs to learn how to end the innings well, they started off well with the bat and ball but they couldn’t end it on a winning note.

Akila Dananjaya picked up 2 wickets with Nuwan Pradeep and Jeevan Mendis picked up 1 wicket each to their name.

Man of the match was given to Shardul Thakur for his excellent bowling performance.

Next match will be played on Wednesday 14th March 2018.

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